I made a dress. it’s a real one. I will wear it. I’m pretty excited. my enthusiasm is a teeny little bit tempered by how much bloody effort went into making it. but I’m still very excited. by the way, don’t be fooled by this serene expression.
there was swearing (and not the quiet, under the breath kind…the loud thank-goodness-I’m-alone kind); there was kicking things and there was the “forget this! I give up”-ing. it’s mildly embarrassing but sewing isn’t all unicorns and rainbows sometimes.
the pattern is the staple dress from april rhodes and I’ve been tempted to make it since it came out a few months ago. the pattern is beautifully done and the dress is so simple to make. plus, it looked so beautiful in all of april’s pictures. then the women behind go make shit issued a staple dress challenge and I piped up with “I’m in!”. ha. the challenge ended at the beginning of april. you could say I missed that boat.
my first attempt looked like a ridiculous hospital gown. the first thing my husband asked me when he saw it was “did you leave it open in the back?”. harumph was my response. so, I attempted a kind of ad-hoc resizing and sewed a version in jersey knit fabric. I resized it quick and I sewed it together quick and resulting dress looked like something quickly resized and thrown together. not a huge surprise. I did not take pictures, it was too depressing. this was around the time of the “forget it! I quit”-ing. so, the pattern sat there untouched for a while.
but, when I came across a beautiful plum flower print I decided to buck up and try it again. this time I took my time and made it one full size smaller to xs (I am not an xs girl, I promise. it’s a roomy dress and is designed to have more ease than I prefer in my clothing.). I also altered the sleeves so they are tighter…the gaping hole as a sleeve thing just isn’t for me.
plus, I added a notch to the top of the dress. it makes it more comfortable for me and a little less ho-hum. here it is without a belt, the gathers are formed using elastic thread in the bobbin. I love the effect of these gathers and I love how simply it comes together but I have to admit that the feeling of elastic thread against my skin is not that comfortable…it will take a bit of getting used to.
as I mentioned, the print is what convinced me to try again. it’s from the simply color line. have you seen this already? the whole line is pretty impressive and include ombre prints that can be used to make some stunning quilts such as this one. plus, the fabric is soft and a bit lighter weight than everyday quilting cotton. kind of quietly amazing if you ask me.
by the way, I’ve been on a little bit of a clothes-making kick lately. not that you would know it since I haven’t blogged about any of it….that’s my bad. sometimes when I’m in the swing of making things I just don’t have the energy to write about it. it’s as if my ‘creating brain’ and my ‘writing brain’ can’t coexist. that happen to anyone else? also, we’ve been really busy. I know everyone is busy and it’s no excuse. but, seriously?! in the last six 7 weeks everyone but me has had a birthday and that means I planned and executed three kick-ass birthday parties; my husband changed jobs AND got his U.S. citizenship; and we moved my studio. I’m pooped.